Mormon Moments from Harry Potter

LDS missionaries at Hagrid's Hut

Do you relate especially well to Harry Potter? That’s no surprise! Mormons may not have Hogwarts, but we do have BYU; no Hogsmeade, but Temple Square; and no Diagon Alley, but City Creek Center.

Here are 13 Mormon moments in Harry Potter:

Copious Amount of Food

Green jello. Funeral potatoes. Mint Brownies. As Mormons, we love our food and tend to eat a lot, especially after Fast Sunday!

Harry Potter Fast Sunday

Big Mormon Families

The Weasley family of seven kids has nothing on us Mormons. Sometimes our family sizes have 12 kids!

Church Ball It’s Dangerous!

Chances are that Jimmer Fredette, Steve Young, and other LDS athletes got their first taste of real competition at church.

Quidditch is like Mormon Church Ball

Those Chaperoned Stake Dances

You went to the dance for that one person― and they’re with someone else!

Harry Potter Stake Dance

Getting Summoned to the Bishop’s Office

“Oh, no! What did I do? Quick, say a prayer and repent― Oh, you’re just giving me a calling?”

A meeting between Harry and Dumbledore is like talking to the Bishop

Going Camping

Girls’ camp. Scout Camp. Ward camp-outs. Long story short, Mormons are experienced tent dwellers! We’ve been doing this since Lehi dwelt in a tent.

Big Little Tent

Receiving Your Mission Call

You are called to leave your world behind, step through the brick walls of the MTC, and into the missionary world for the next 18-24 months. You wish this is how your mission call came!

Hogwarts Mission Call Letter

The Gift of Tongues

How cool would it be to say that you went to a parseltongue-speaking mission?

Gift of Tongues

Opposite Gender Awkwardness

On the mission, you cannot, under any circumstances, flirt or engage in intimate contact. The fear of being hugged is real!

When you can't hug

Is the Sword of Gryffindor Really the Sword of Laban?

Nothing can get past this piece of “exceedingly fine” workmanship. Not Voldemort. Not Satan.

Sword of Gryffindor/Laban

Secret Combinations

With their cult-like behavior, the Death Eaters are most likely an offshoot of the Gadianton Robbers.

Death Eaters at World Cup

The Fight of Good vs. Evil

What does Harry Potter teach us about Satan and all things evil? They will be defeated.

Harry Potter Good vs. Evil

“It is important to fight and fight again, and keep fighting, for only then can evil be kept at bay though never quite eradicated.” Albus Dumbledore

Prophetic Counsel

Dumbledore and the prophet have 3 things in common: age, power, and wisdom.

“Dark times lie ahead of us and there will be a time when we must choose between what is easy and what is right.” Albus Dumbledore

In reality, Harry Potter is a far stretch from the church or the gospel. Yet, it is very fun to compare the two, especially for us Harry Potter nerds! In what ways do you “liken” Harry Potter to Mormon culture and beliefs?


Hadley is a writer at and a student at BYU majoring in Print Journalism and minoring in Political Science. Her LDS mission to Oklahoma turned her into an avid OU fan. She enjoys speaking Spanish and cooking Thai food.